Meet the Crew of the Mary Rose

About “Meet the Crew”

“Meet the Crew” is a place where children of all ages can come and find out about life on-board the Mary Rose. It’s ideal for school projects, homework, or just finding out out more about Henry VIII’s favourite warship!


We host educational visits for all ages in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Education Suite, visit our Learning Opportunities section to find out more.


If you were after more information about the Mary Rose, please check our “Discover our Collection” section.


“Meet the Crew” and “Learning City”

“Meet the Crew” is a replacement for our old “Learning City” pages for children which, although informative, had dated badly.


In 2016 the Mary Rose Museum managed to obtain a grant from the South East Museums Development Programme, which allowed Will Cullen, a young member of our front-of-house team to work on updating our website, and ‘Learning City’ was the ideal place to start.


While much of the information is the same, it has been trimmed of unnecessary details, which although were of interest to our older visitors, were unlikely to be of much help in the classroom. It’s also been made easier to navigate, and all the images have been updated for a modern, broadband audience.


Original Learning City Credits

While the majority of material on this site is purpose written, it is based mainly on internal & external publications produced by the Mary Rose Trust and the Mary Rose Society.


Thanks are due to Maggie Richards, Alex Hildred, Ian Friel, Peter Whitlock and Andy Elkerton.


The character paintings were produced by Roger Purkis. Site design, authoring, editing and management was by Stuart Vine.

The Learning City Project was devised and initiated by Richard Dunne and Tony Byrne. It is a collaborative project between Portsmouth LEA, the Mary Rose Trust, nine local schools and the School of Architecture at Portsmouth University.


The project was jointly funded by KONVER and Portsmouth LEA.


So, in no particular order, thanks for advice, help, support and ideas, are due to:

Jenny Driver – Copnor Junior; Debs Smith – Northern Parade Junior; Jonathan Ackerman – Court Lane Junior; Phillip Duncan – Cliffdale Primary; Tony Stubbs – Isambard Brunel Junior; Richard Adams – Solent Junior; Garry Nicholson – Stamshaw Junior; Lee Wallington – St Georges Beneficial Primary; Peter Richardson & Annette Rogers – Craneswater Junior; Chris Watts – Northern Parade Junior; Rick Barnes – Portsmouth LEA; Neal Thomson – Hampshire LEA; Sue Wright – Flagship Portsmouth; Dr Kevin McCartney – Portsmouth University; Martyn Heighton – The Mary Rose Trust; Chris Dobbs – The Mary Rose Trust


Updated 2016  by Will Cullen and Simon Clabby, with assistance from Mary Kinoulty, Clare Barnes and Charlie Chamberlain